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Old 12-06-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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I'm contemplating using synthetic decking for my 16'x12 screen porch floor when I build this spring. I've seen both flat and grooved sided boards as well as different lengths.

I am wondering what my best options would be. Should I use 16' boards or simply use shorter ones with less chance of having to deal with curved or twisted boards? I am also wondering if the grooved boards are a better product to avoid visible screw heads?

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Synthetic decking doesn't bend or twist. When installing screws, use a straight edge or snap chalk lines (blue chalk only. Red is permanent) as screws will be very visible no matter what style decking you go with.

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Synthetic decking doesn't bend or twist. When installing screws, use a straight edge or snap chalk lines (blue chalk only. Red is permanent) as screws will be very visible no matter what style decking you go with.
With a few of the different brands of synthetic decking you do get the benefit of not having any screws showing. I would recommend if your going to spend a little extra on synthetic decking get a brand that has the hidden screws.
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With a few of the different brands of synthetic decking you do get the benefit of not having any screws showing. I would recommend if your going to spend a little extra on synthetic decking get a brand that has the hidden screws.
I'm leaning towards the hidden screw option. A buddy of mine installed them on both his front porch and back deck; it provides a really nice finish.

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I think we are missing the most critical information... What brand were you considering? Be sure to research the heck out of it because there a LOT of junk materials out there.
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I think we are missing the most critical information... What brand were you considering? Be sure to research the heck out of it because there a LOT of junk materials out there.
Sorry about the lack of details, I'm not quite there yet. I just received some plans that I ordered to meet out town permit requirement. I plan to build once in the spring once the frost is out. The only decking that I've looked at is Trex and I haven't decided on finish or thickness as of yet.

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Sorry about the lack of details, I'm not quite there yet. I just received some plans that I ordered to meet out town permit requirement. I plan to build once in the spring once the frost is out. The only decking that I've looked at is Trex and I haven't decided on finish or thickness as of yet.

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Do a quick search here... you might change your mind... Whatever you think you want just google it up with "Lawsuit" included and then choose from there.
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Do a quick search here... you might change your mind... Whatever you think you want just google it up with "Lawsuit" included and then choose from there.
Thanks for the tip.
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Wow, I just checked out the composite decking issues might want to rethink this!

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